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Length of Semi and 40' hopper trailer

In the process of designing a farm workshop and I'm interested in being able to fit a semi with 40' hopper trailer inside for the winter. Currently just using tandem grain trucks but would like to build the shop with expansion in mind. Wondering if anyone knows the approximate length of a semi with sleeper and a 40' trailer?

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I would think 60 feet at the very least, would be tight to lift the hood.


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I agree with Kevlar, with 70' being better for you to work on. We used to back our 2 semis (40' trailers and trucks with sleepers) back to back in cold storage that was 144' long. And that was enough room to open both hoods at 72' each.
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MFinlay were you going to design it with a door on each end to drive the semi through or just one door to back it in? If a person makes a door on each end for the semi it makes it a little more difiicult to put a additional wide door in on the end for wide equiptment unless you use the wide door for getting in and out of. If anyone has only thoughts on how to arrange the doors I would appreciate it. I need to build a heated shop in the next few years as well and need something to get a semi in and out of as well as large wide equiptment.
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My 45 foot trailer on a truck with a sleeper barely fits in my 70 foot building with enough room to open the hood and no room to walk around the unit. Length of building required will depend on the length of truck but from my experience you will need at least a 70 ft building to have any room with a 40 ft trailer.
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I’ve been to a few places that have made a lean to off the side of there shop to park the semis. Door on either end. They made it just wide enough and long enough to put truck an trailer in. Any bigger any they figure it would just collect stuff. If the need to work on it they will pull it into the main shop. One guy had it separate forced air heat source and another had it heated from the floor heat in shop when he built it all with separate control. They put cement in them with a floor drain. Kept the main shop dryer and truck out of the way when working on other things.
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We measured ours before building a shop. Our trucks and tridems needed 72' to open the hood. Went 80' and it's comfortable to walk around.
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100’ if you ever have a Super B.

2 doors with removable post can work for what southernsk is talking about.

As nice as a drive through would be, backing in or out shouldn’t be a big deal. Probably really depends on how it fits in your yard.

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This is a great easy to use planning tool to design a shop or shed. Size the building, put doors in, put work benches in etc. Than add equipment in and size it to exactly what your real equipment is.

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Thanks for all the input. Was looking at doing a drive through only so that I wouldn't have to drop the trailer at the end of a day to pull the truck into a warm shop or alternatively leaving the truck outside and plugged in.

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